College Now Precalculus
MAT 172 : Precalculus
Rigorous Mathematics with Proofs for High School Students in the Bronx
College Now program at Lehman College offers
this 4 credit college course to high school students that
can place into precalculus on the COMPASS placement exam.
The courses are fully
funded through the College Now program with paid faculty, free
textbooks and college credit. Mr. Gantz
is the coordinator and Prof. Sormani is the adviser. You may also contact a
college now liasson at a participating high school.
All students who enroll in this course will become part
of the Lehman College Math Circle.
Functions, Inverses, Polynomials, Rational Functions, Trigonometric Functions,
Exponential Functions, and Applications
Detailed day to day syllabi with homework:
A similar course will be taught every semester.
It is strongly recommended that any high school which has
enough students to
run a one year course covering this material should do so at their
own high school. Learning it in one semester is very challenging!
High schools who wish to design an appropriate precalculus course may wish
to contact Professor Sormani
to discuss their syllabi and textbook.
Note that there is a CLEP Precalculus Exam.
It is of utmost importance that students learn this material thoroughly
before attempting calculus. This is both because it is necessary to
know these subjects to truly understand calculus and because these
subjects are as important or even more important than calculus
in college level science and business courses.
We also strongly recommend that high schools offer three full
year Regents Math Courses: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra/Trigonometry.
Please see the Mathematics
Teacher Transformation Institute (MTTI) which is working with teachers
and schools to better prepare them to educate students towards these
three challenging exams and carrers in mathematical professions.
The College Now Precalculus offered at Lehman College is a one semester
Students who cannot keep up the pace of the precalculus course for the
entire semester may wish to remain as members of the Lehman College Math Circle
and complete the precalculus course the subsequent semester. In the past
only a few students with serious after school conflicts had to drop out of the
precalculus class. However, all students should understand that this is an
Remember the Lehman College Math Circle is not only
an extra curricular activity that will look good on a college application.
It will provide you with the skills needed to succeed in college!